surveillance Archive

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology revealed half …

UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal says GHCQ illegally spied for 17 years

The independent tribunal ruled on a case brought by Privacy International, concluding that the UK spy agency GCHQ was acting illegally for 17 years while it amassed huge databases of “bulk collection” data of cellphone location and call-data — a practice revealed by the Edward Snowden docs. The surveillance violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the UK …

Anarchic Adjustment: pioneering street culture brand revived at L.A. art show

Anarchic Adjustment was a pioneering streetwear brand and artist collective that emerged from the London punk-skate-BMX-Xerox art scene in the mid-1980s and spread like a virus when founder Nick Philip moved to San Francisco and immersed himself in the early cyberculture. Immediately, Anarchic Adjustment became the clothier-of-choice for the likes of DJ Mixmaster Morris, Joi Ito (now director of MIT Media Lab), Timothy Leary, …

After being outed for massive hack and installing an NSA "rootkit," Yahoo cancels earnings call

What do you do if your ailing internet giant has been outed for losing, and then keeping silent about, 500 million user accounts, then letting American spy agencies install a rootkit on its mail service, possibly scuttling its impending, hail-mary acquisition by a risk-averse, old economy phone company? Just cancel your investor call and with it, any chance of awkward, on-the-record questions. (via /.)  …

The FCC helped create the Stingray pooblem, now it needs to fix it

An outstanding post on the EFF’s Deeplinks blog by my colleague Ernesto Falcon explains the negligent chain of events that led us into the Stingray disaster, where whole cities are being blanketed in continuous location surveillance, without warrants, public consultation, or due process, thanks to the prevalence of “IMSI catchers” (“Stingrays,” “Dirtboxes,” “cell-site simulators,” etc) that spy indiscriminately on anyone carrying a cellular phone …

Google: if you support Amazon's Echo, you're cut off from Google Home and Chromecast

A closed-door unveiling of the forthcoming Google Home smart speaker platform included the nakedly anticompetitive news that vendors whose products support Amazon’s Echo will be blocked from integrating with Google’s own, rival platform. These platforms are typically designed to allow their vendors to invoke Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a felony to change their configurations in unauthorized ways, meaning …

Tour New York's invisible, networked surveillance infrastructure with Ingrid Burrington's new book

Writer/artist Ingrid Burrington has published a book called Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure, which sketches the physical extrusions of the internet into New York City’s streets and buildings, and makes especial note of how much of that infrastructure has been built as part of the post 9/11 surveillance network that NYC has erected over the past 15 …

Police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools

We’re approaching a level of social unrest that we haven’t seen since the days of the Civil Rights movement. That means law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out how to manage and circumvent the unrest — a lot of which has resulted from the police killings of unarmed black people — through surveillance. You may remember that, back in August, Bloomberg found out that police …

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Leaked Stingray manual shows how easy warrantless mass surveillance can be!

The Intercept has got hold of a set of Harris’s super-secretive manuals for their even-more-secret Stingray devices: fake cellular towers used to spy indiscriminately on whole populations by hacking their cellphones into giving up identifying information and more. Harris has fought every attempt at transparency in the technical details of these widely deployed mass surveillance tools, arguing that crooks and terrorists would benefit …